The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), which represents the global specialty of sports chiropractic, recently announced that West Campus Fall Quarter 2012 graduate Kayleigh Knudson, D.C., is one of this year’s five FICS Student Scholarship honorees.
FICS (also known as Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport) is comprised of national chiropractic sports councils worldwide as well as individual members, and also has affiliations with international organizations within the chiropractic profession and the world of sports.
Introduced in 2010, the FICS Scholarship program presents five awards of $1,000 to “students of good character and academic standard who participate in sporting activities themselves and have given outstanding service in developing or promoting the field of sports chiropractic and its services to athletes.”
“I know the caliber of students who apply for this award, so I was incredibly honored just to be considered,” said Dr. Knudson, who in addition to academic honors, was recognized during commencement on Nov. 30 for her service as an executive officer of the Sports Council, and for serving as a volunteer members of the Campus Guides, a volunteer group of West students who conduct campus tours for prospective students and assist at major College events.
“The news came just a few days before our graduation ceremony, so it was really icing on an already amazing cake,” said Dr. Knudson, who prior to initiating her chiropractic studies in 2008, earned her B.A. (biological anthropology) from the University of California at San Diego (her hometown), where she competed on the track and field team.
“Our Sports Council has really given me everything I needed to even apply for this award. I couldn’t be more grateful, and am just so honored to represent such an amazing organization.”
Having recognized, and personally experienced, the benefits of chiropractic care in the training and prevention of sports-related injuries, Dr. Knudson said once she got on track to pursue a career in chiropractic, one of the primary reasons that she decided to attend Palmer’s West Campus was the respected reputation of its Sports Council (of which she was an active member throughout the College’s 13-quarter curriculum).
“My Sports Council experience really and truly is responsible for helping me develop into the doctor that I am today,” said Dr. Knudson, who in addition to the Sports Council and Campus Guides, participated in five other clubs, and was a teacher’s assistant in the gross anatomy and adjusting technique labs.
“The education alone that I received at Palmer’s West Campus would have placed me miles above the rest of the field – but with the additional skill-development opportunities provided through my involvement with the Sports Council, I graduate with a set of skills that leave me feeling more competent and confident than I ever could have imagined,” added Dr. Knudson, who is returning to San Diego, where she’ll provide chiropractic services at Water and Sports Physical Therapy, Inc., along with fellow West alumna, Dr. Jennifer Reiner (’06).
“Kayleigh is the type of student who makes me proud to be a teacher, and I’m happy for her receiving this well-deserved honor,” said Dr. Edward Feinberg, West Campus Sports Council faculty advisor since the organization’s inception in 1994.
“Kayleigh served in two of the most-important Sports Council executive committee positions, and appointments to these positions speak to the quality of the individual’s pro-active initiative, and exemplary organization skills,” added Dr. Feinberg, who also serves as faculty liaison to the ACA Sports Council, and was recognized in 2011 as the ACA Sports Council “Sports Chiropractor of the Year.”